Ker­ala set to en­ter list of Maoist­af­fected dis­tricts

Will be el­i­gi­ble for re­im­burse­ment of funds spent on tack­ling LWE

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Nation - Azaan Javaid azaan.javaid@hin­du­tan­times.com ▪

NEWDELHI: A clas­si­fi­ca­tion by the min­istry of home af­fairs (MHA) on ar­eas af­fected by left wing in­sur­gency is likely to in­clude two dis­tricts from Ker­ala for the first time in the state’s his­tory, a se­nior home min­istry of­fi­cial said on con­di­tion of anonymity.

The as­sess­ment is con­ducted by the MHA to de­ter­mine which states are el­i­gi­ble for re­im­burse­ment (by the fed­eral govern­ment) of funds in­curred by them to counter Left Wing Ex­trem­ism (LWE).

Ac­cord­ing to the MHA, a to­tal of 106 dis­tricts across 10 states see ac­tive left wing in­sur­gency; of these, 35 are cat­e­gorised as “worst LWE af­fected dis­tricts”. The home min­istry of­fi­cial added that said Palakkad and Malap­pu­ram in Ker­ala have now been rec­om­mended by the state govern­ment to re­ceive funds un­der the fed­eral re­im­burse­ment scheme ow­ing to in­creased ul­tra­left wing ac­tiv­ity in both.

“Names of some dis­tricts in the worst af­fected list have been ex­cluded be­cause of the im­proved law and or­der sit­u­a­tion there.There are some new dis­tricts that have been added in­clud­ing two from Ker­ala but the to­tal num­ber of worst af­fected dis­tricts is most likely to re­main at 35,” this per­son said.

The in­clu­sion and ex­clu­sion of dis­tricts in the scheme is based on their vi­o­lence pro­file and other pa­ram­e­ters such as in­ten­sity of vi­o­lence over a pe­riod of five years, the or­gan­i­sa­tional strength of var­i­ous naxal out­fits, the pres­ence of armed naxal dalams (brigades) and their free move­ment, and fi­nally, the ex­tent of pro-ac­tive mea­sures ini­ti­ated by the po­lice or ad­min­is­tra­tion to counter the in­sur­gents. The of­fi­cial with the min­istry of home af­fairs did not di­vulge de­tails of the other dis­tricts that have been in­cluded in or ex­cluded from the list.

THE OF­FI­CIAL WITH THE MIN­ISTRY OF HOME AF­FAIRS DID NOT DI­VULGE DE­TAILS OF THE OTHER DIS­TRICTS THAT HAVE BEEN IN­CLUDED IN OR EX­CLUDED FROM THE LIST.

K Dur­gaprasad the for­mer Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral of the Cen­tral Armed Po­lice Force said that there have been reg­u­lar in­tel­li­gence in­puts for sev­eral years of at­tempts by Maoists to es­tab­lish a base in the Ker­ala-Kar­natakaTamil Nadu tri junc­tion .

The dis­trict po­lice chief of Palakkad Dr. Srini­vas A said over phone said the re­quest for re­ceiv­ing cen­tral funds is not based on the law and or­der sit­u­a­tion in the dis­trict but purely to strengthen the in­ter­nal se­cu­rity mech­a­nism.

“Though no vi­o­lent in­ci­dent has been re­ported from the two dis­tricts in 2017, there have been mul­ti­ple sight­ings of Maoist cadres in the area cou­pled with in­tel­li­gence re­ports that sug­gest that the in­sur­gents are close to es­tab­lish­ing a base in the re­gion,” he added.

HT ARCHIVE/AJAY AGGARWAL

Ac­cord­ing to the min­istry of home af­fairs, a to­tal of 106 dis­tricts across 10 states see ac­tive left wing in­sur­gency; of these, 35 are cat­e­gorised as ‘worst LWE­af­fected dis­tricts’.

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